School for Scientific Thought (SST)

The School for Scientific Thought (SST) is a Saturday morning program for high school students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Winter 2016 dates: 1/30, 2/6, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5.

Application open January 4-20, 2016.

Fall 2015 dates: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, and 10/24.


SST projects

We are offering several courses during the Fall session of SST starting January 30, 2016. Each session lasts five weeks and will meet on Saturday mornings from 10:00am-12:15pm on the UCSB campus. Students are invited to apply for the Fall session beginning January 2, 2016. The SST classes introduce students to concepts in science that extend beyond the typical high school science classroom – from nanotechnology to reverse engineering – and relate these concepts to “the real world”. There will be no homework and no examinations.

The SST instructors are outstanding young UCSB scientists and engineers who are engaged in doctoral or post-doctoral research and want to share their enthusiasm for science, and their expertise in current research, with high school students. Immediately following the class meetings on Saturday mornings, all SST participants will eat lunch together.

In addition to the excitement of learning concepts involved in current science and engineering research, high school participants in SST gain access to the university setting and to scientist and engineer role models. SST places motivated students from various local and regional schools in direct contact with each other, allowing relationships to develop based on mutual interest in the sciences.

Funding for this program comes through the Norris Fellowships for Mentorship in Science.



Fund for this program will support the School for Scientific Thought program during the 2015-2016 sessions.

National Science Foundation
Funding for this program has come from the National Science Foundation.




Funding for the Sustainability Course 2013 comes from the Verizon Foundation in collaboration with the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management.